Hello and welcome. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the Virginia. My wife and I have been married for over 40 years, and we have two adult children and a grandchild. I worked for over 35 years in psychiatric hospitals and a community-based mental health and substance abuse settings. Throughout my professional career, I have offered counseling with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to overcome their struggles (serious and persistent mental illnesses, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction, marital and parenting issues, religious issues, trauma, grief and loss). My background in pastoral ministry spans over 40 years, with 16 of those being as an ordained minister. In addition to my master’s degree in Counseling I hold a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry.
Over the years I have worked with clients from all walks of life. I've had clients from all faiths (and no faith) backgrounds, straight and LBGTQIA, children, teens, adults, parents, grandparents, and people in Hospice and their families.
I believe that you are the expert of your life. I will help you find ways to utilize your strength to overcome your struggles and move you from your current situation to where you want to be. If a faith tradition has been important to you, I am comfortable exploring those resources with you to help you achieve your goals in counseling.
I believe that life is about change, and real change in one’s life can start in the therapy session. If I can assist you in making the changes you need in your life, then I have been successful as a counselor. You can do this. You can feel better and achieve your goals. I'm looking forward to helping you do so.
Additional areas of focus: Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Family of Origin Issues, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
VA LPC 0701002520
VA LMFT 0717000741
He is very nice and sweet and is a very good listener as well as someone who can help you come up with ways to help you with your anxiety. I highly recommend Lawrence to anyone and everyone.
Written on Jul 25, 2023 after therapy with Lawrence for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues
Lawrence is a great therapist and has helped me a lot. I have been struggling with many things and he is a kind and thoughtful listener who provides good counsel.
Written on Nov 15, 2022 after therapy with Lawrence for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coaching
I'm not sure what to say. My therapist is more helpful than I can express. He tells me like it is and does not mistreat me. He is kind even when I am most frustrated and I'm blessed by the Power of God he continues to display each meeting. Thank you Lawrence Matheny for your support during this difficult time. God bless you
Written on Aug 09, 2022 after therapy with Lawrence for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching
He is extremely helpful and teaches different exercises to help cope that works!
Written on Jul 15, 2022 after therapy with Lawrence for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management
Lawrence was very helpful when it came to reassuring me that my reactions to some unfortunate news was normal. He also provided many options to help me deal with these reactions. I would recommend him to others.
Written on Jun 28, 2022 after therapy with Lawrence for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Lawrence is a fantastic help, he is knowledgeable, and empathetic.
Written on Jun 17, 2022 after therapy with Lawrence for 1 month on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues